Erin Steinbruegge, the main operating officer of OneSpace, an online system that connects companies and also freelancers, simply helped assist the business via a successful funding raise, which resulted in $9 million in financing for the company. OneSpace keeps a network of 500,000 freelancers and also independent experts worldwide, and also assists to link them with companies who require access to on-demand skill. Steinbruegge provided recommendations for various other entrepreneurs wanting to increase capital when she consulted with Business Information Daily regarding OneSpace’s effective experience. Right here’s what she needed to claim.
Company Information Daily: Inform us a little bit concerning OneSpace and just what the company does.
Erin Steinbruegge: OneSpace is a digital work area platform that brings business seeking versatile, scalable ability together with consultants seeking tasks that match their skillsets. Founded in 2012, we have actually expanded to include more than 500,000 freelancers and also finished greater than 120 million tasks. The platform supplies every little thing needed for business and also consultants to prosper in the modern office, from skill as needed, performance administration devices, protection advantages, settlement choices to online control panels. With even more people wanting office adaptability and business needing accessibility to worldwide skill as needed, OneSpace is the perfect link to connect the void.
With the conclusion of our Collection B funding of $9 million, we prepare to launch our new “software application as a service” later this year. This brand-new software program will give firms the flexibility of self-servicing our existing software application, yet we will certainly likewise continuously offer our taken care of solutions for business that seek outside professionals. Our main objective is to produce a best-in-class platform for accessing as well as taking care of cloud-based ability.
BND: Explain the process of going out for funding. Exactly what did it involve? Just how did you increase your money?
Steinbruegge: The procedure of funding can be one of one of the most tough and also gratifying experiences in your occupation. Anybody taking into consideration a funding raising should be prepared to invest a considerable amount of time (drawing you away from your core business) and physical and also emotional power into the process. However, the incentives can be fantastic, past the funding of your business. Throughout the process you can anticipate to further clarify your business pitch and competitive advantages, establish individual stamina that comes from having people challenge your concepts, as well as create a network of specialists who could help you throughout your trip.
No matter the result, as an entrepreneur you inevitably need to take pride in on your own in mustering the guts to join the pitch and in understanding you had a business idea worthwhile of VC interest.
BND: Exactly what are your tips to other business owners that are searching for funding?
Steinbruegge: Pitch early and often prior to you hit the road. Pitch to your group, good friends, family, business partners, as well as any individual who will challenge you and also offer useful, honest comments. Expect to improve your tale multiple times.
Use relationships to get introductions. You have a much better price of success landing a pitch conference if you have a warm referral.
Know your viewers going into the pitch. Do your homework on the partners as well as the firm as well as their profile ahead of time. Cater your discussion to that firm and the partners you are consulting with.
Focus on the team. There is a lot to cover over a short period of time in a pitch, but bear in mind that [venture capitalists] are ultimately banking on the marketplace opportunity as well as your team’s capability to catch it. Make sure you highlight the team’s management abilities.
Practice a financial testimonial session with someone that will challenge you. You’re bound to field some curveballs during Q&A s as well as it’s fine if you do not know every response, however you need to be really aware of your firm financials if you aren’t a pre-revenue firm. Don’t experience exhausted if you have no idea the answer to a concern; continue to be tranquil and also follow-up after the meeting.